ASU Police Records Show Expensive, Odd Things Stolen From University
|No official word on whether Sparky ended up stealing this computer.|
They used to be property of Arizona State University - that is - until they were stolen.
And those are just three of the 136 cases of stolen University property reported to the ASU Police Department between 2009 and 2010.
Documents obtained by New Times show theft, burglary, and other stealing-related crimes of University property reported to the ASU Police Department totaled $103,628.55 in 2009, and $111,723.43 through September 2010.
The crimes, ranging from shoplifting and larceny to burglary and forgery, seem fairly non-discriminate: Electronics and cash belonging to the University were stolen often, but more unexpected items like fire extinguishers and vacuums were also fairly popular.
What's most interesting about the University's losses, however, are the truly weird things that people steal.
Here's the top 10 strange stealing-related cases over the last two years:
10. Ticket Scanners
Someone lifted two ticket scanners from Wells Fargo Arena, the home of ASU basketball. Now you're armed with two $500 machines that only do one thing: read barcodes. One of the only conceivable options to actually use these things would to be starting your own basketball team, possibly named the Casa Grande Cactus-trotters, and make sure nobody uses fake tickets to get into Cactus-trotter Arena. That's assuming they also found a way to steal a multi-million dollar basketball venue, but I suppose you have to start somewhere.
9. Sink Faucet
Sometimes you just need a new faucet for your bathroom sink, and a public university would be the first place to look. That may or may not be the thinking of whoever stole a $700 faucet from a bathroom on ASU's Tempe campus, but it went missing nonetheless.
8. Fire Extinguishers
Copper theft isn't news around the Valley; it's typically considered a staple of providing meth heads with the cash for their next tweaking session. After a local recycler noticed the same lady began turning in loads of copper quite regularly, he tipped off the police. It turns out she had been burglarizing the copper from a large transformer on the Tempe campus, rendering the $35,000 transformer completely useless.
6. Mike Chismar's Office
5. Football Players and Parking Boots
Over the past two years, four parking boots have been stolen off of cars waiting to be towed from the ASU campus. Two of those missing parking boots went missing from the cars of ASU football players. In 2009, parking boots attached to the cars of safety Jarrell Holman and cornerback Terell Carr magically disappeared. Neither Holman, who owed $944 in parking fines, nor Carr, who owed $530, were arrested in the theft of the parking boots. They may not have been charged with the thefts of the parking boots, but legal troubles continued for both Holman and Carr.
4. The Computer Guy
Unless this thief was preparing for an impending fit of cardiac arrest, the theft of an automated external defibrillator (AED) from ASU's Tempe campus seems pretty (ahem) heartless. Not to mention it also cost $2,457.75 to replace the machine to ensure that someone having a heart-related emergency near the device could be afforded an opportunity to continue living.
2. The Brownie Bandit
To be fair, the 2010 burglary of an office inside the Wells Fargo Arena totaled $2,635 worth of missing things not related to brownies, including a laptop, camera, and golf balls. But the burglar(s) also made sure to grab a box of "gourmet brownies," valued at a $10 loss to the University.
1. Toilet Paper